Diversity experts call this one of the most relevant and compelling programs ever presented.
YOU are the jury! Nationally acclaimed DEFAMATION is a gripping courtroom drama. The premise is a civil suit: A South Side African-American woman sues a Jewish North Shore real estate developer for defamation. The legal issue is whether or not she was falsely accused of stealing his watch, which caused her financial harm. The experience begins when the plaintiff and her white male attorney, and the defendant and his African-American female attorney walk through the audience and take their seats at their respective tables. Without a word having been spoken, the tableau compels audiences to immediately engage.
Moments later, Judge Barnes appears and stares down the audience before announcing, “We’ve got serious business here, a civil suit. Wade V Golden.” From that moment forward, the venue transforms into a courtroom. What follows is a 70 minute riveting trial that holds the audience’s own prejudices and assumptions under a powerful lens, and does not let go except by the way of an unsettling self-examination.
DEFAMATION, written by Todd Logan, first premiered in 2010 and has been performed more than 400 times throughout the United States and seen by more than 75,000 people.
When race, class, religion, and gender collide, a conversation begins.
Monday, October 29 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Monroe Community College
Brighton Campus (MAP)
1000 E Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623
Warshof Conference Center, Monroe A 3-205 and B 3-205A, 2nd floor FREE parking in lot M
1:00 – 2:00 Registration & Networking
2:00 – 4:00 Defamation the Play, Deliberation and Outcome
4:00 – 5:00 Small & Large Group Discussions – how do we carry this message further into our community?
Watch the Trailer:
“Students and community members were compelled to grapple with both emotional and rational responses - learning about self and others in the dialogue. The conversation continued in the classroom and on social media. We return to the themes of the play as they ripple through our thoughts and our lives.” Claudia Guzman and Warren Scherer, Inclusive Excellence Center, University of Milwaukee – Wisconsin
“THE DEFAMATION EXPERIENCE gently forced me to confront my own biases, whether conscious or unconscious. The format resonated instantly with me. I continue to tell others about this." Dr. Karen Hills Pruden, DM, SPHR Senior Manager, Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion
“THE DEFAMATION EXPERIENCE was extraordinary …an effective resource to create dialogue to bridge the racial divide.” William H. Smith, Ed. D., Founding Executive Director, National Center for Race Amity, Boston, MA
“THE DEFAMATION EXPERIENCE forces you to dig deep into yourself to consider hot button issues of class, race, and gender… a valuable exercise in self-reflection as you realize that you are not immune to bias, unconscious or otherwise. I highly recommend The Defamation Experience to everyone!” Mary L. Young, Senior Project Manager, University of New Hampshire